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Jameis Winston did not violate code

Source: ESPN

Attorney David Cornwell confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad that Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston was ruled to have not violated university conduct code.

A woman had accused Winston of sexually assaulting a former FSU student in his off-campus apartment in December 2012.

During the conduct hearing held earlier this December, Winston declined to answer questions about whether he sexually assaulted the woman, but did read a five-page statement in which he detailed his account of the events on the night of Dec. 7, 2012 and declared his innocence.

At the hearing, Winston repeatedly declined to answer questions from Major Harding, a former Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice who oversaw the case, and during cross-examination by his accuser, according to people familiar with the case.

Read more: http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls14/story/_/id/12062132/jameis-winston-florida-state-seminoles-did-not-violate-school-code

So here's what I think could actually pass Congress and be signed into law:

1. Decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. Dealers still go to jail, users get a ticket and a summons to court. Even Repubs think we have too many blacks / minorities in jail, and it's a huge waste of money. And convicts face substantial hurdles when re-entering the workforce.

2. They'll probably rewrite the corporate tax code. Obama and other Dems have been for this since forever, and this will probably get done. This means they'll lower the rate and eliminate some loopholes.

That's assuming the forthcoming changes to immigration don't cause 2/3 of Washington to spontaneously combust. Other than that, I think the veto pen gets a workout.

So when does it count as "boots on the ground?"

All i keep hearing from everyone is that we won't have any boots on the ground in our confrontation with ISIL. Yet, somehow we also have almost 2000 troops in Iraq. Some of them are protecting our embassy in Baghdad. Some of them are defending our interests in Kurdistan.

I've even heard on CNN this morning that some of our troops are acting as forward observers, coalition liaisons, and trainers. Do these troops not count as boots on the ground? Are they getting combat pay?

Falcons BABY!!

Take that Drew Brees!

Abbas rejects Egyptian offer to settle refugees in Sinai

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected an Egyptian proposal to resettle Palestinian refugees in a large tract of land in the Sinai Peninsula to be annexed to the Gaza Strip.

Speaking to a gathering of his Fatah party in Ramallah Sunday, Abbas said that an unnamed senior Egyptian official recently approached him and suggested settling Palestinians in an area 1,600 square kilometers (618 square miles) large adjacent to Gaza, reviving an idea originally proposed by former Israeli national security adviser Giora Eiland.

“They [the Egyptians] are prepared to receive all the refugees, [saying] ‘let’s end the refugee story’,” Abbas was quoted by Ma’an news agency as saying.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-rejects-egyptian-offer-to-settle-refugees-in-sinai/

Police investigating the Police

Currently it's this nebulous "internal affairs" division that investigates incidents and cops. They say they're a separate, independent department, but ultimately they all answer to the same person, usually a police chief or some politician.

I believe we need a separate agency, probably federal (but i'm not sure that'd fly in individual states), that investigates all police incidents that result in a fatality. And maybe even a separate court that reviews these cases.

This would accomplish two things. One it would reduce the "thin blue line" and hopefully police whitewashing of these incidents. And two, I believe that ultimately it will increase confidence of the citizenry in the police force.

I know several cops, and all of them say it's a very easy job to fired from. That being said, many citizens clearly do not have confidence in their police force to protect them or treat them fairly.

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